New lease of life for old books and DVDs

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RECYCLING centres in Oxfordshire have started taking books, DVDs, CDs and audio cassette tapes.

Sites at Alkerton, Dix Pit, Drayton, Oakley Wood, Redbridge and Stanford in the Vale are collecting a range of old entertainment items. The Ardley recycling centre near Bicester can take books, but cannot accept items such as CDs or audio cassettes due to reasons of space.

Reusable items are resold, and the others are recycled.

Books are recycled with other paper products in a paper mill, and CDs, DVDs and cassette tapes get turned into new plastic products.

Lorraine Lindsay-Gale, chairman of Oxfordshire Waste Partnership, said: “We’re always looking to increase the range of materials we collect for recycling in Oxfordshire and are pleased to offer this latest extension to our service.

“We still want to encourage people to support their local charity shops but hope these new facilities will make it even easier for people to recycle more.”

Video cassettes are not currently accepted for recycling, although their boxes can be recycled.